Affiliate Programs

Affiliate Programs

My Tech Toolbox

I’m always curious to know what products other developers in the WordPress community are using to power their sites. Below are the plugins and services I use and have used for my site and use on other WordPress sites I develop.

I take part in affiliate programs for some of the things listed below and confidently recommend these products for your use, too. If you’d like to know more, I’ve written a quick post explaining how affiliate programs work and why I use them.

So, if you like my content and learn about a cool product here, click a link and help a brother out. All of that said, – I work hard not to be spammy when I use affiliate links.

Domain & Email Hosting

  • Namecheap – Domain registrar with excellent customer service (seriously).
  • Google Apps for Work – Email hosting for small business. Also integrates with other Google tools, which is nice.

Web Hosting

  • WP Engine –  Managed WordPress hosting great for high traffic sites. Lots of great features for developers.
  • SiteGround – Inexpensive shared hosting with a traditional cPanel.
  • Host Gator – A leading provider of web hosting, VPS and dedicated servers.
  • Blue Host

WordPress Themes

  • Genesis Framework – Quite a few of my projects are built using the Genesis Framework from StudioPress as my base theme.
  • Utility Pro – This is a super-flexible child theme for Genesis. It meets WCAG 2.0 accessibility standards and offers a lot of advanced developer features.
  • Elegant Themes

Site Maintenance

  • ManageWP – A single dashboard for managing all of your WordPress sites (backups, updates, etc). Perfect if you manage multiple WordPress sites for yourself or offer maintenance plans for your clients.

Site Development

  • Desktop Server – No more WAMP/MAMP/XAMP… Spin up local WordPress installs in less than a minute.
  • MigrateDB Pro –  Migrate a WordPress database from one install to another. Perfect syncing development to production sites. Transfers media files, too.

Site Builder Tools

  • Design Palette Pro – Made for Genesis. Customize your theme styles with NO CODE.
  • Genesis Extender – Use with any Genesis theme to add custom CSS, custom functions, or custom hooks via the WordPress admin (no direct theme edits)!
  • Conductor Plugin – Theme-independent plugin that let’s you build and adjust layouts without any code. Works with Genesis themes, too.
  • Beaver Builder – Theme-independent page builder tool great for non-technical folks and developers alike.

Specific Feature Plugins

  • Gravity Forms – Contact form plugin. Tons of developer add-ons available for integrations with third-party tools (i.e. MailChimp, PayPal, etc.).
  • Toolset – Create custom post types, taxonomies, and metaboxes through a guided interface. There’s a bit of a learning curve, but once you’ve got it, you’re set!

Training & Education

  • WP101 – Video series you can use to teach clients how to use WordPress. Available as a plugin or a stand-alone resource.
  • Lynda – Learn about a range of topics from business, to creative, to technical.

Email Marketing

  • MailChimp – I use this to send out blog posts and newsletters to my email list.
  • OptinMonster – Powerful pop-up optin form. Run A/B tests, display on exit intent, and other fun tools.

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